Pride of place in Poetry Ireland Review 131, edited by Colette Bryce, is given to two as-yet-unpublished poems from Eavan Boland's final collection, The Historians, along with ‘Remembering Eavan’, Jody Allen Randolph’s poignant tribute to the poet.
The issue also contains new work from Derek Mahon, Leontia Flynn, Harry Clifton, Dairena Ní Chinnéide, and Colm Tóibín, along with the emerging voices of Sree Sen, Nithy Kasa, Audrey Molloy, Padraig Regan, and many others.
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Poem of the week
Against that backdrop, she refuses the sign of peace –
nothing required but to shake hands, pray Peace be with you –
not even the lamps in this cold chapel are strong
enough to still her basilisk shadow.
Yoke-boned, she stands there, soundless, while our voices braid
over the warm solemn chord of a cello, not quietly,
unafraid of fumbling grief, of offering up our sign of peace.